Anna Recommends: Gifts For Foodies

Editor’s Note: Anna Visscher owns Tart, an exceptionally well-curated boutique & gallery in Bozeman. Anna has a knack for finding some of the coolest, quirkiest handmade art and gifts in this region. She’s constantly on the hunt, scouring street fairs, local craft markets, etsy, artists’ studios and galleries for cool stuff. Here are some of Anna’s favorite finds for Gifts for ‘Foodies’ that are quintessentially Montana. – Lynn

I love giving edible gifts, and collections of little things that I know will get used by the foodies in my life. A cutting board and a knife, or a set of wooden utensils and a couple of dish towels combine delightfully. Or a collection of sweets for a sweet tooth – chocolates, jam and honey are sure to be used and enjoyed.

Wooden Utensil CollageEarlyWood – Handcrafted Wooden Kitchen Products

Location: Red Lodge, Mt
Where To Buy: Tart
These wooden utensils are both gorgeously designed and super functional. I use the sauté and the scraper almost every day. The sauté is perfect for getting the last bit of peanut butter out of the jar, and the scraper is great for mashing garlic, scraping off your cutting board and sautéing anything. Earlywood kitchen utensils are made by hand in Red Lodge, MT and they replant 100 trees for every one that they use.

Dishtowels CollageIntrigue Ink – Handcrafted Wooden Kitchen Products

Location: Bozeman, Mt
Where To Buy: Intrigue Ink
Sassy and bright, these large and very absorbent dish towels are screen printed by hand in Bozeman, MT by Intrigue Ink. There’s a design that will suit literally everyone on your list. Plus they come packaged in adorable little produce boxes tied with twine!

knives CollageDede Knives – Western Recycled High-Carbon Utility Art

Location: Boulder, Ut
Where To Buy: Tart
Dede Knives are hand crafted from discarded saw blades from Missoula saw mills and hardwood scraps from furniture builders. These tough as nails knives are perfectly balanced and they sharpen up to a keen point (and I’m a self admitted knife snob). I love the little extra detail of the finger stop at the end of the blade.

Planks CollageMontana Planks – Heirloom Quality Cutting Boards

Location: Bozeman, Mt
Where To Buy: Montana Planks
Sleek and simple and fully functional, these cutting boards are hand crafted by a mother and her two sons in Bozeman, MT. They are all created using salvaged hardwoods that would have otherwise been thrown away. They are smooth, tough and lovely to look at – I’d show this thing off on my counter rather than hiding it in a drawer.

La Chatelaine CollageLa Chatelaine – Hand-crafted La Chocolaterie

Location: Bozeman, Mt
Where To Buy: La Chatelaine
Little masterpieces for the eye and the tongue, these chocolates are like nothing I’ve ever tasted. Superbly crafted from high quality chocolate and impeccably packaged, these are a decadent treat. I love giving these lovely orange boxes of happiness as an alternative to mass produced Christmas candy.

GVB CollageCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) – Local, Seasonal Food Directly From A Farmer

Location: All over Montana
Where To Buy: In the Gallatin Valley, I recommend Gallatin Valley Botanical
If someone on your list loves to cook and is passionate about keeping it local, here’s a website that makes it easy to find a farm offering CSA shares in their area. Depending on the farm, you can often gift a CSA share, or give a gift certificate towards the purchase of a share. I love the quality and variety that Gallatin Valley Botanical in Bozeman provides.

Prairie CollageGrainy Day CSA box – Family-Farmed Organic Heritage and Ancient Grains

Location: Great Falls, Mt
Where To Buy: Prairie Heritage Farm
You can also give a “Grainy Day” CSA share of heritage grains and legumes, all grown on a family farm in Northwestern Montana. They’ll mail it anywhere you want in lovely packaging along with recipe cards, for a useful gift that will last all year long.

To view Anna’s Gift Guide for Active People click here.

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